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EXPLORE THE GUIDE TO SUMMER IN THE GOLDEN ISLES

Plan an ideal golf or beach outing Discover history at every stop Learn 5 things about popular attractions

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2 The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 23, 2013

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DAY PLANNER: SOME ISLES THINGS TO DO

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Aquatic Centers • Summer Waves, 210 South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, 635-2074; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Varied admission, excluding tax, $10.95 to $19.95. • Neptune Park Fun Zone, Beachview Drive, Pier Village, St. Simons Island, 279-3720; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission, $7. • Brunswick Aquatic Center, Howard Coffin Park, 1430 Lanier Blvd., Brunswick, 554-7780; 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. • Selden Park swimming pool, Selden Park, U.S. 341 opposite Fourth Street, Brunswick, 279-2800; 1 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, closed Mondays and Sundays. Admission, $3. • St. Marys Aquatic Center, 301 Herb Bauer Drive, St. Marys

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912-673-8118; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Varied admission, excluding tax, $3.75 to $9.95. MINIATURE-GOLF COURSES • Neptune Park Fun Zone, Beachview Drive, Pier Village, St. Simons Island, 554-7780; 2 to 9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Admission, $7 per game. • Jekyll Island Miniature Golf, Shell Road, Jekyll Island, 635-2648; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission, $6.08 per game. ST. SIMONS BIKE RENTALS • Barry’s Beach Service, 420 Arnold Road, 638-8053. • Beachcomber Buggies, 541 Ocean Blvd., 638-2966. • Two Brother’s Bike Shop, 227 Mallery St., 638-6766. • Monkeywrench Bicycles, 1708 Frederica Road, 634-5551. • Ocean Motion Surf Co., 1300 Ocean Blvd., 638-5225.

BOAT RENTALS • Barry’s Beach Service, 420 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, sail boats, 638-8053. • Morningstar Marina, 206 Marina Drive, St. Simons Island, deck boats, 434-1007. DOLPHIN WATCHING • Coastal Georgia Charters and Tours, 638-5678. • Blue Dolphin Tours, 265-5711. • St. Simons Dolphin Tour, 638-3333. HORSEBACK RIDING • Stables at Frederica, 105 Frederica Stables Drive, St. Simons Island, 434-4760. • Sterling Equestrian Center, 150 Capallton Drive, Glynn County, 265-7799. • Three Oaks Carriage and Trail Co., 100 Stable Road, Jekyll Island, 635-9500. KAYAK RENTALS • Altamaha Coastal Tours, 229 Fort King George Drive, Darien, 437-6010. • Barry’s Beach Service, 420 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island,

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638-8053. • Ocean Motion Surf Co., 1300 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island, 638-5225. • Southeast Adventure Outfitters, 313 Mallery St., St. Simons Island, 638-6732. • Tidelands Nature Center, 100 South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, 635-5032. BOAT EXCURSIONS • Credle’s Adventures, 1200 Glynn Ave., Brunswick, 265-5711; Lady Jane shrimp boat goes into St. Simons Sound to observe marine life and shrimping. • Darien River Wine and Eco Cruise, 107 Broad St., Darien, 437-3410; King George boat travels the Darien River for wine and cheese tasting. ST. SIMONS ISLAND TOURS • Lighthouse Trolleys, 638-3333. • St. Simons Trolley Tour, 638-8954. • St. Simons Colonial Island Tours, 638-5341. • Rickshaw Tours, 638-9606.

What to visit

Where to sun

Beaches beckon on St. Simons and Jekyll 6

Where to golf

Courses are available for every type golfer 8

Where to fish

The catch is always good, inshore or off 10

What to see

Make some new discoveries nearby

Where to play

Where to find parks around the region 22

On the cover Charlotte Mekdes Cornell, 8, and Anna Grace Cornell, 9, explore from the St. Simons pier. Photo by Bobby Haven

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A TRIP BACK IN TIME ON THE GEORGIA COAST BEGINS HERE

The history of Brunswick and the Golden Isles begins with Native American settlements and accelerates with European colonization. Explore: BRUNSWICK • Brunswick Historic District – With more than 900 registered structures, Brunswick’s historic district is second in size in Georgia to Savannah. The district – which runs north to south from H Street to First Avenue and east to west from Academy Creek to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – follows the original town plan, modeled after the plan British Gen. James Oglethorpe had created for Savannah. Most of the structures were built between 1870 and 1920. • Hanover Square – South end of Newcastle Street, adjacent to downtown. Originally planned in 1771, Hanover Square has survived many developments, such as railways, highways and a proposed relocation. In 1884, the park’s well was thought to have healing properties for certain dis-

eases and a fountain was constructed for public use. Modern preservation began in the early 1950s and a comprehensive renovation by Signature Squares of Brunswick, a nonprofit citizens’ group, was completed in 2006, with finishing touches to be added this year. The mix of palm trees and live oaks along with the Confederate soldier Civil War memorial provide a glimpse of the city’s heritage. • Old City Hall – 1229 Newcastle St., downtown. Completed in 1891, the building, constructed of brick and granite, combines Richardsonian, Romanesque and Queen Anne styles. The first level has massive arched entrance ways and granite floors. Up the divided staircase are preserved wood floors and the high ceilings of days past. Old City Hall houses the Downtown Development Authority and some police offices, and is the city commission meeting hall. • Downtown and city dock – The Brunswick Downtown Development Authority has Continued on Page 4

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4 The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, where site manager Bill Giles points out features on a relief map of the former rice plantation, displays period artifacts and furniture in the farmhouse-style main building.

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been working since it was formed in 1983 to restore and revitalize Brunswick as one of the five original Colonial port cities. Newcastle, Norwich and Gloucester streets are the main locations where rebirth is developing. With restaurants and numerous small, locally owned businesses, downtown exhibits a daily sense of vitality. Adjacent to downtown, the city dock next to Mary Ross Waterfront Park has working shrimp boats and a view of Andrews Island. A farmers market is at the park. • Historic Glynn County Courthouse – 701 G St., downtown. Situated in a grove of live oak and palm trees within Magnolia Square, the courthouse was completed in 1907 after its predecessor was damaged by a hurricane. With a distinctively Southern feel, the courthouse is now home to the Glynn County Commission. • Department of Natural Resources Earth Day Nature Trail – One Conservation Way. The Earth Day Nature Trail is located at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division, off U.S. 17 South, near the Sidney Lanier Bridge. The trail, open year-round during daylight hours, is a self-guided educational activity that spotlights Georgia’s coastal marshlands habitat. Picnic tables and an information kiosk are on the trail. NORTH GLYNN COUNTY • Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation – 5556 U.S. 17 North, 264-7333. The plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s Rice Coast. Started in the early 1800s by William Brailsford, the plantation passed through five generations and survived the Civil War before being donated to the state in 1973. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Thursdays through Saturdays. Last main house tour is at 4 p.m. Gate locked at closing. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission ranges from $4 to $7 and group rates available on advance notice. JEKYLL ISLAND • Jekyll Island – 877-453-5955. Acces-

sible from the mainland by the Downing Musgrove Causeway, Jekyll Island is a state park that preserves the “cottagesâ€? of the millionaires and industrial magnates who owned the island as a seasonal retreat during the late 1800s and until World War II. In addition to the restored historic district, the island has the Georgia Sea Turtle Center for rehabilitation of sea turtles, Summer Waves water park, Tidelands Nature Center, golf, tennis, bike trails and an Atlantic Ocean beach. Parking fee is $5. • Jekyll Island Visitors Center – About four miles from the mainland entrance of the Downing Musgrove Causeway, 635-3636. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. ST. SIMONS ISLAND • St. Simons Island Lighthouse – 101 12th St., St. Simons Island, 638-4666. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 through 11, free for children 5 and younger. The ticket includes admission to the lighthouse and the Maritime Museum, at East Beach. The last climb of the day for the lighthouse is at 4:30 p.m. After the first lighthouse was destroyed by retreating Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, the current lighthouse, along with the keepers dwelling, was constructed in 1872. The 104-foot, brick tower, with its 129-step spiral staircase, provides views to the Atlantic Ocean and the southern tip of St. Simons Island and the northern edge of Jekyll Island. The adjacent A.W. Jones Heritage Center houses books and artifacts of Coastal Georgia history. • Maritime Museum – 4201 First St., St. Simons Island, 638-4666. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 through 11, free for children 5 and younger. The ticket includes admission to the lighthouse and the Lighthouse Museum, near the St. Simons Island Pier Village.

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The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 23, 2013 5 Initially constructed in the mid-1930s by the Works Progress Administration as a Coast Guard station, the building had a role in monitoring the coast during World War II, and later in monitoring the seas and rescuing boaters. The Coast Guard station was decommissioned in 1995. The building was reopened in April 2006 as a museum under supervision of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. The museum offers a look at the coast’s natural and historical worlds through the eyes of the Coast Guard. • Bloody Marsh battle site – Old Demere Road (at curve traveling east). Open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and weekends, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Free admission. A monument at the edge of the marsh commemorates the Battle of Bloody Marsh, between British soldiers of Fort Frederica and Spanish forces from Florida, in 1742. While the battle was not as bloody as the name implies — seven Spanish soldiers died — it was significant for establishing permanent British control over Colonial Georgia. • Fort Frederica – 6515 Frederica Road, 638-3639. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and weekends, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Admission is $3 per person, children under 15 are admitted free. Established in 1736 by British Gen. James Oglethorpe, Fort Frederica and the accompanying town of Frederica served as the final southern outpost for the colony of Georgia. Its strategic position on the Frederica River allowed the British to control the river and eventually force the Spanish to retreat to Florida. Today, the fort and museum give visitors a glimpse of early Colonial life and the hardships faced by those brave enough to face the wild Georgia coast. • Christ Church – 6329 Frederica Road, 638-8683. Open 2 to 5 p.m. daily, except Mondays, Easter and Christmas, and by special arrangement. Because of funerals and weddings, the schedule is subject to change. The Episcopal church traces its origins to 1736 and the settlers who helped colonize Fort Frederica. Nestled in a landscape of live oak, holly and cedar trees, the present church building, constructed in 1884, is a cruciform design, with a trussed Gothic roof and stained glass windows. Several services are held Sundays. • Ebo Landing – End of Palmetto Street. The unmarked site, on private residential property, is a reminder of one of the most chilling tragedies of slavery. Slaves of the African Ibo, or Ebo, tribe had been sold to two local plantation owners and shipped to St. Simons Island. Upon arrival, the slaves departed the ship and followed the lead of their tribal chief, who chanted, “The sea brought me and the sea will bring me home.â€? The slaves, who were chained together, walked to their deaths, drowning in Dunbar Creek. • Tabby slave cabins at Gascoigne Bluff – Adjacent to the marina at Gascoigne

A small Gullah-Geeche community remains on the island, along with primitive camping and Reynold’s Mansion for overnight lodging and conferences.

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The reconstructed Fort King George at Darien includes a wood barracks with dirt floor. Bluff, on Arthur J. Moore Drive, near its intersection with Hamilton Road. Open free from 10 a.m. to noon each Wednesday during June, July and August. The two tabby structures served as housing for slaves on Hamilton Plantation. Today the cabins are owned and preserved by the Cassina Garden Club. • Little St. Simons Island – 888-733-5774. Little St. Simons Island, which wraps over the north end of St. Simons Island, is a 10,000-acre, privately owned nature preserve that is open to the public for day trips and overnight accommodations in its lodge and cottages. McINTOSH COUNTY • Darien waterfront – Located on the north bank of the Darien River, the waterfront offers a place to relax and enjoy some Southern character. Behind the welcome center is an observation deck, with benches and picnic tables. The boardwalk and pier are owned by the McIntosh County Development Authority and provide dockage with power and water. The adjacent shopping area has boutiques and restaurants. • Fort King George – 301 McIntosh Road SE, Darien, 437-4770. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, closed Mondays, except holiday Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The fort is closed Tuesday when it is open on a Monday holiday. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-17 and $2 for children under age 6. Group tours, picnic area and bus parking available. Fort King George was once the southernmost outpost of the British Empire in America, from 1721 to 1736. British troops and Scottish highlanders endured hardships including disease, conflicts with Spanish and Indians and the environment. Located on the Altamaha River, the fort and other buildings have been constructed to replicate the settlement.

• Sapelo Island – The island is accessible only by boat, with a public passenger ferry departing a dock eight miles east of Darien, on Ga. 99, 912-485-2251. Tours of the native habitat are 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, September through May, and Fridays June through August. By contemporary standards, the island is essentially undeveloped, with limited supplies and food.

CAMDEN COUNTY • Downtown St. Marys – The St. Marys waterfront has the Orange Hall museum and St. Marys Submarine Museum, and contemporary shops and restaurants. The Cumberland Island Ferry departs from St. Marys, which also has two boat ramps. • Cumberland Island – Cumberland Island is part of the National Park Service and is accessible only by boat. Reservations are highly recommended for the seven-mile passenger ferry trip. From March 1 through Nov. 30, the ferry departs St. Marys at 9 and 11:45 a.m., and departs Cumberland Island at 10:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. daily. From Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, the departure times are the same, except only Thursdays through Mondays. Fees are $20 for adults, $14 for children 12 years old and younger and $18 for seniors. The island is largely uninhabited, with no contemporary buildings. The island contains the remains of an estate home built in 1884 that burned in 1959. Plum Orchard is a Georgian Revival mansion built in 1898. The island abounds with wildlife, including wild horses. For visitor information, call 912-882-4336, ext. 254; for reservations, call 877-860-6787.

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6 The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 23, 2013

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HOW TO ENJOY A DAY AT THE BEACH

By NIKKI WILEY

The Brunswick News

On one hand, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do: Go to the beach and do nothing. On the other, even doing nothing or a little bit of something requires a plan. Here’s how to plan for a day at Golden Isles beaches: Before you go

Avoid taking home a lingering memory by applying sunblock 30 minutes prior to exposure to sun and donning a hat and sunglasses. The most dangerous time for sunburn and heat-related illnesses is between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Remember that even having fun can carry some risks. Each year, lifeguards have to rescue beachgoers who swim or walk to a sandbar and become stranded when the tide comes in. Tidal changes between low and high tides on St. Simons and Jekyll island are among the most extreme on the East Coast. Tidal pools that beachgoers can easily wade through at low tide can easily be eight to 10 feet deep at high tide. Strong currents can further isolate and endanger people caught on sandbars as tides rise, so it’s best to stay close to the shoreline and avoid venturing out to sandbars that disappear with incoming tides.

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The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 23, 2013 7 nold Road and First Street. Neptune Park, at the southern tip of the island, is a short walk to the pier, restaurants and shopping. Some beaches – most notably along the St. Simons Sound near Neptune Park – can disappear when the tide comes up, so be wary of high tide. Tide tables for low and high tides are published daily on the weather page of The Brunswick News. On Jekyll Island, the most popular stretch of sand is Great Dunes Park that provides shaded space, restrooms and lots of parking on Beachview Drive. Farther south, nestled behind soccer fields, more sand lies at Glory Beach. On the south end of the island, St. Andrews Beach, a popular bird watching area, has a shaded picnic area, showers and restrooms. For stunning views, go to Driftwood Beach on the north end of the island. Hidden behind large oak trees and off the beaten path, the stretch of sand is one that offers both romantic and haunting views of uprooted live oak and pine trees scattered about the beach. For something to eat

Numerous restaurants throughout St. Simons Island can provide relaxation and good food. Look to those in the Village, but don’t forget other options around the island, such as Retreat Village, Redfern Village and the Frederica North area.

Some rules

ESCAPE ROUTE Rip currents that pull swimmers away from shore are possible at any ocean beach, and are common at the St. Simons Island beach. The escape a rip current, float with the current until it narrows or dissipates, then swim at an angle to the beach.

But it’s not necessary to leave the water for a bite to eat on St. Simons as several seasonal concession stands are within reach of the coastline. The Old Coast Guard Station at East Beach and Massengale Park offer concessions. Closer to more traditional restaurants in the Village, concessions are sold at the Neptune Park Fun Zone. On Jekyll Island, Fins on the Beach is the only oceanfront restaurant, Other restaurants are located about the island, including at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. There are no concession stands at the beach.

Dogs are allowed some times on the St. Simons Island beach, but not at others: From Memorial Day weekend throughout Labor Day, dogs are not allowed on any beach from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Dogs may roam the beaches in the early mornings and evenings without a leash, as long as they are under the owner’s control. Pack a picnic lunch as coolers and alcohol are allowed on beaches, but make sure to pack your items in plastic or aluminum containers. No glass is allowed. Jekyll Island welcomes pets and coolers with a few rules to follow. No animals are allowed from the boardwalk at the South Dunes picnic area south and around the southern tip of the island north to the St. Andrews picnic area. Animals on permitted beaches must be on leashes and cleaned up after immediately. Glass is prohibited. Parking

The largest beach parking areas on St. Simons Island are at Coast Guard Station and Massengale Park. Some other beach access points, off side streets, have designated parking. Avoid a traffic citation or towing, and park in designate areas. Because Jekyll Island is a state park, visitors pay a parking fee to gain access. The daily parking fee is $6. Three-day, weekly and seasonal passes are also available. On the island, visitors may park in any lot.

TO SWIM SAFELY Know the flag colors that identify ocean conditions:

n RED Strong current, do not go to deep water. n YELLOW Strong current possible, use caution. n GREEN Current not strong, swim where you wish within your ability. n PURPLE Wildlife advisory, jellyfish or other animals may be in water.

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8 The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 23, 2013

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UP IN THE GOLDEN ISLES

By DAVE JORDAN

The Brunswick News

Whether a seasoned PGA Tour pro or a weekend hacker — or somewhere in between — golfers with a penchant for teeing it up on a fine course have a bounty of options in the Golden Isles. Home to no less than nine PGA touring pros — including Davis Love III and 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson — and a bevy of talented amateurs and future pros, the area has become of hotbed of golf in recent years, highlighted by the PGA McGladrey Classic, contested each year at Sea Island Golf Club. Other top players train at the Sea Island Golf Learning Center, including the 2012 FedEx Cup champion, Brandt Snedeker. But even before the arrival of the McGladrey in 2010, the Isles had a plethora of golf courses for enthusiasts to play. There are more than 250 holes of golf to be found in a collection of public, semi-private and private courses that dot the landscape. Whether it’s the small greens and links-style layout of the nine-hole Great Dunes course at Jekyll Island Golf Club or the marsh views on the back nine at the King and Prince Golf Club, Home of the Hampton Club, on St. Simons Island, each course possesses its own charm and

challenge. “The fact that the courses have been established for so long, it’s just become a part of everyday life,� said Hampton Club General Manager Rick Mattox. “Any type of golf that you would like is available right here.� The McGladrey home course, Seaside on St. Simons Island, is a perennial top 100 course, as rated by Golf Digest magazine. Along with its neighboring Sea Island course, Plantation, and the King and Prince course, Seaside combined to come in at No. 5 on Golf Digest’s most recent listing of “Best Buddies Trip Destinations� venues in the country. In addition, the NGA Pro Golf Tour, formerly the Hooters Tour, made a 2013 swing through coastal Georgia, with stops at Sapelo Hammock Golf Club in Shellman Bluff — recognized as one of the “Top 100 New Courses� — and Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Brunswick. “To me, it’s one of the most unique areas in the country,� Mattox said of the Golden Isles. “It has such a great offering, between oceanside golf and marsh holes and oak trees. It all seems to come together in one isolated little area. There’s a course for every type of golfer.� Here is a look at area public and semiprivate golf courses, grouped by locations:

Glynn County mainland • Brunswick Country Club, 4041 Darien Highway, Brunswick, 264-4377

Brunswick Country Club is a private club that allows unaccompanied guests to play following arrangements with the pros at their home clubs. The course underwent a renovation in 2007 to return it to its original 1938 Donald Ross design. Amenities include a golf shop, large dining room, locker rooms, meeting rooms, a bar and grill and a new swimming pool and fitness center. • Coastal Pines Golf Club, 1 Coastal Pines Circle, Brunswick, 261-0553

Coastal Pines is an inland course in north Glynn County with pine trees lining nearly every hole. The greens are large and inviting, but challenging, and the four par-3s and four par-5s are fun to play. Amenities include a pro shop, snack bar and full range facilities.

• Heritage Oaks Golf Club on Oak Grove Island, 126 Clipper Bay, Brunswick, 280-9525

Located in a residential area, the course is situated between the Buffalo and Turtle rivers, which offer natural beauty on several holes. The course works its way through a forest and marshland. A recent renovation and new ownership have added more oak trees, improved greens — including the county’s only island green — as well as a

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The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 23, 2013 9 new covered indoor training facility. Amenities include a pro shop, full range facilities and a bar and grill.

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The course was designed by Sea Island PGA Tour pro Davis Love III. Built on 125 acres, this straightforward course meanders through natural settings, including woodlands, marsh and wetlands. Amenities include full practice facilities and the Laurel Island Links restaurant.

Jekyll Island • Jekyll Island Golf Club, 322 Captain Wylly Road, Jekyll Island, 635-2368

Jekyll Island has 63 holes of golf, with three 18-hole courses — Pine Lakes, Oleander and Indian Mound — that are located in natural settings and are parkland-type courses. Jekyll also boasts the Great Dunes Course, a nine-hole links-style course with majestic views along the Atlantic Ocean with its most distinctive feature, its small greens. Amenities for all four courses include a pro shop, driving ranges, putting greens and McCormick’s Grill in the main clubhouse. St. Simons Island • Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort, 5445 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, 638-3351

Sea Palms is an 18-hole championship course that includes the nine-hole Sea Palms West course. The combined nine-hole courses snake through the resort and the surrounding residential area. Combined, the two courses feature a mixture of long and short holes with several doglegs and greens that are well-guarded by bunkers. Amenities include full practice facilities, pro shop and the Putter’s Club bar and grill. • The King and Prince Golf Course – Home of the Hampton Club, 100 Tabby-

• The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove, 2050 Sanctuary Wynd, Waverly, Camden County, 466-0080

A collaboration of course designer Fred Couples and Love Golf Design, Sanctuary Cove has a classic design that blends with the landscape to make a course that is challenging yet fun to play. The greens are large. Amenities include a pro shop, full practice facilities, bar and clubhouse. Nick Nichols/The Brunswick News

Pine Lakes is one of four golf courses on Jekyll Island. It and Oleander and Indian Mound are 18-hole courses. Great Dunes is nine holes. stone, St. Simons Island, 634-0255

Formerly known as The Hampton Club, The King and Prince Golf Course underwent an extensive renovation in 2009, including coring all 18 greens, planting mini-verde, ultra-drawf Bermuda grass, reshaping and replacing sand in all bunkers and adding additional bunkers. The King and Prince course works through towering oak trees, along large areas of marsh and

across lakes and lagoons. The back nine is known for its four holes that were carved from marsh islands. The course is definitely challenging, but is also full of great scenery, from start to finish. Amenities include a pro shop, locker room facilities and Hampton Grill.

Camden County • Laurel Island Links, 223 Marsh Harbour Parkway, Kingsland, Camden County,

McIntosh County • Sapelo Hammock Golf Club, 1354 Marshview Drive, Shellman Bluff, McIntosh County, 832-4653.

Reopened in September 2011 after an ownership change, Sapelo Hammock is on a scenic bluff and features oak-lined fairways draped in Spanish moss, marsh and scenic views of the Sapelo River. The new owner, Shellman Bluff, had all the greens re-turfed and redesigned several holes before the course was reopened. The par-3 17th hole, the course’s signature hole, is on a natural island. Amenities include a pro shop, full range facilities, outdoor patios and a restaurant serving lunch and dinner.

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A trip to the Golden Isles often involves enjoying the beaches, dining in restaurants and hitting the little white ball. But as veteran travelers know, the area is a prime fishing destination for anglers of every skill level, no matter their species of choice. “We’ve got so much to offer,” said longtime charter captain Richard Latham, who operates Creekside Charters and regularly fishes the waters around Jekyll, St. Simons, Sea and Cumberland islands. “We have everything from inshore fishing, to beach fishing, to the offshore. For people who don’t want to get seasick, there’s good fishing inshore. For the braver, they can jump offshore and catch some big fish. Even with the shark and tarpon inshore, you can still catch some big fish.” Whether a saltwater catch or freshwater fare is the target, the area offers an abundance of opportunities. Offshore catches include any number of popular species, from king mackerel in the summer to Spanish mackerel, amberjack, mahi mahi, cobia, tuna, barracuda and wahoo throughout the year. Near-shore targets include sea trout, flounder, tripletail, ladyfish, red drum, black drum and whiting. Beach anglers

can even set their sights on tarpon — some as large as 110 pounds — and, of course, sharks are a fun species target, both night and day. For freshwater anglers, the rivers of the Golden Isles offer an array of bream, catfish, white perch, bass, mullet, redfish, crappie and shellcracker. For anyone looking to make a fishing excursion, there are numerous charter companies in the Isles from which to choose – most catering trips to their customers’ needs – with prices varying from company to company. “One thing is for certain, Georgia offers a lot of options when it comes to fishing,” said veteran charter fishing captain Mark Noble, a St. Simons Island native who founded the Golden Isles Charter Fishing Association. “We have some of the most fertile water on the Eastern Seaboard, (with) very high populations of fish here. We’re not the Bahamas with a lot of clear water, but with the fresh water mixing with the salt water here, our diversity is hard to compare to. “On any one given day, you could actually leave your boat dock and pick a direction to go: You could go one direction and catch freshwater fish and you could go another direction and catch saltwater fish. We truly have a world class fishery right here in the Golden Isles.”

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The fountain in Jekyll Square West, a few blocks north of Hanover Square, on Newcastle Street, features the original fountain bowl from Hanover Square.

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Renewal of Hanover Square, the largest of Brunswick’s city squares, started in 2005 under direction of Signature Squares, a historic preservation group formed to revitalize the squares. Hanover, just south of downtown on Newcastle Street, received a restoration of its fountain, new landscaping and repairs to its original brick sidewalks.

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Machen Square East, on Newcastle Street near the Ritz Theatre, features a new fountain constructed of granite from the former Brunswick National Bank building that was adjacent to the square.

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Jekyll Square East required the least renovation of all the squares, with a 100-year-old live oak in the center of it. Across Newcastle Street from Jekyll Square West, the square is used frequently for live music by nearby restaurants and is a popular meeting place for residents. DETAILS ON HANOVER SQUARE AND THE ADJACENT HISTORIC DISTRICT ARE ON PAGE 3

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The newest addition to the 153 acre-park, the tennis complex features eight lighted courts built to United States Tennis Association standards. The courts were designed to be able to host tournaments.

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A 41â „2 acre lake is stocked with several species of fish for fishing from a pier or non-motorized boats. A 1-mile, paved walking path winds around the perimeter of the lake.

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A 10,000squarefoot skate park is a hot spot for skateboarders of all skill levels. With empty swimming pool-like structures, halfpipes and other features, the park becomes a popular place every summer. Baseball, softball, football and soccer fields are used by recreational leagues year ’round. The soccer fields played host this spring to more than 4,000 college students during the High Tide Ultimate Tournament, an annual flying disc tournament.

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Two playgrounds with tower-like features are placed on either end of the park. Each playground costs $150,000 and is flanked by pavilions with picnic tables. The playgrounds are one of the most popular features in the park. DETAILS ON NORTH GLYNN RECREATION COMPLEX AND OTHER AREA PARKS ARE ON PAGE 22

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A prize of the historic district is Faith Chapel. With its design and two Tiffany stained glass windows, it is a must-see for visitors. Louis Tiffany visited Jekyll often and is believed to have supervised installation of the windows in 1921. Six cottages and what is now the Jekyll Island museum were designed by architect Charles A. Gifford of New Jersey. He was in the Golden Isles so often from 1894 to 1910 working on Jekyll Island, he was commissioned in 1907 to design the Old Glynn County Courthouse.

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The Jekyll Island Club Hotel, once the club for millionaires such as industrialist J.P. Morgan and Theodore Vail, a president of what became AT&T, was the site of the first transcontinental telephone call. Vail called President Woodrow Wilson, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson from a room there. DETAILS ON JEKYLL ISLAND ARE ON PAGE 4; DETAILS ON JEKYLL ISLAND GOLF COURSES ARE ON PAGE 9

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A visit to the national monument begins at the visitor’s center and museum. The museum displays historical and ecological information about the park, where free audio guides are available.

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The king’s magazine, along with the tower entrance to the soldiers’ barracks, is one of only two portions of the fort remaining. The tabby building once stood inside the walls of the fort and is now flanked by three British cannons from the late 18th century.

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One mysterious aspect of the site is the burial ground, just behind the visitors center. Although archaeologists are unsure if anyone was buried there, several empty tombs may never have been used before the fort was abandoned.

Bloody Marsh, about six miles from the fort, is a satellite park at the site of a skirmish July 7, 1742, between British and Spanish troops during the short-lived War of Jenkin’s Ear. Although the British ambush killed only seven men, the legend is that the marsh ran red with blood. The battle secured Georgia for British rule.

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The tower that was once the entrance to the soldier’s barracks is two stories tall and is the most pristine tabby structure at the park. The ruins of the barracks’ tabby foundation surround the structure, giving visitors a good idea of the size of the building like when it housed soldiers during the mid-1700s.

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The Coast Guard exhibit features information about how the museum building was used when it was the U.S. Coast Guard station’s hub in Glynn County.

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The watch tower atop the Maritime Museum, a former U.S. Coast Guard station at East Beach on St. Simons Island, was opened to the public in 2011 and offers a sweeping view of the ocean and beach.

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An archeological laboratory will open later this year in a garage building behind the museum that will display artifacts recovered from the area. Archaeologists will explain such items as fossils and Colonial artifacts.

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A natural history exhibit features fossils found in Glynn County and information about coastal habitats of the Golden Isles. One of the most popular items in the gallery is a vertebrate from a North Atlantic right whale. DETAILS ON THE MARITIME MUSEUM AND ST. SIMONS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE LOCATIONS AND HOURS ARE ON PAGE 4

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playground and multi-purpose sport field. • Epworth Park, 108 Lady Huntington: Ball field, bocce ball court, tennis courts and picnic tables. • Frederica Park, Lawrence Road two miles north of roundabout: Field for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby and other sports, picnic shelters, botanical trail, walking track, playground and dog park. • Gascoigne Bluff Park, 1000 Arthur J. Moore Drive: Disc golf course, fishing, picnic areas, playground. • Kings Park, 602 Mallery St.: Tennis courts. • Mallery Park, 601 Mallery St.: Baseball fields, concession stand, picnic areas, playground; basketball and shuffleboard across Mallery Street. • Massengale Park, 1350 Ocean Blvd.: Beach access, restrooms, picnic areas and playground. • Neptune Park, Beachview Drive, Pier Village: Playground, picnic areas, fishing. St. Simons Island (st. simons land trust, public) • John Gilbert Nature Trail, Frederica Road, about one mile south of Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island: Walking trail and observation deck. • Old Stables Corner, Frederica and Seat Island roads: Shaded green space. Camden County • Crooked River State Park, 6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway, St. Marys: Campground, picnic areas, boat ramp, dock, miniature golf, nature center, hiking trails. • Satilla River Waterfront Park, Woodbine: Boat ramp, docks, picnic areas. McIntosh County • Lions Club Park, Pack Street, Darien: Four ball fields, concession stand, playground, picnic areas. • Leisure Services Ball Park, Ga. 57, Eulonia: Baseball and softball fields, batting cage, basketball court, playground, picnic tables, concession stand. • Waterfront Park, Fort King George Drive, Darien: Boardwalk, playground, benches. • White Chimney Creek Park, Shellman Road, Shellman Bluff: Picnic area, boat ramp, fishing dock.

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